J.J. Abrams is behind some of the biggest pop culture shows and films of this century. From his humble start with Felicity then jumping into spy drama Alias, the mystery box LOST, then blockbuster films like Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, Star Trek, and, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX. And now it looks like he is ready to take his reach a bit further.
According to new reports, the filmmaker is looking to sign an all-encompassing megadeal with any studio that would include giving him the power to do whatever he wants. More on the report, below.
According to Variety, Abrams has large ambitions and is looking for a deal that would include films, television series, digital content, music, games, consumer products, and even theme park projects.
Abrams is looking for a deal that would include guaranteed slots on the release slate of whichever studio he signs with. The deal, if signed, would be comparable to the deal Steven Spielberg, who is Abrams’ mentor and friend, has.
While Abrams’ has worked with Paramount on numerous projects in the past, including the Mission: Impossible films, Super 8, and Star Trek, there are three other studios who are competing for him. They are The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
Netflix and Apple are some of the digital giants who may also want to work with the creative genius. Netflix was able to sign Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes to megadeals in an effort to boost subscriptions with their original content. However, that is unlikely to happen considering their content clout doesn’t give way to a theme park. So really, it comes down to Universal, Warner Bros., and Disney. All three have their own respective theme parks across the globe.
If he signs on, it would consolidate everything under one roof. Additionally, it would mean a big payday for him and his team. There is a chance that he could sign on with Disney considering that he helped relaunch the Star Wars franchise to where it is now when the studio acquired the IP in 2012.
Then there’s Universal. Although, they are looking to re-up their deal with Spielberg. A deal with Abrams would only bolster their creative force as they would have two powerhouse filmmakers in one studio. Not only that, two powerhouse filmmakers with a close working relationship.
A WB deal could happen due to the TV deal he signed with the studio back in 2006. Same goes for Paramount, whom he’s released many of his Bad Robot projects under. That deal is set to expire in 2020. Conversations with both studios are still unclear as they are in the early stages. But he has not directed a Paramount and Bad Robot film since 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
Honestly, Disney may have everything that Abrams could ever want. Now that doesn’t mean he will sign on with them, but there is a good chance he could do so. Sure Universal has their theme parks, but it isn’t as widespread as Disney. We will just have to wait and see.